Unless you cling on to the belief that David James and Peter Crouch, having once graced the pitches of Midland football clubs, are from this region the reality is that it will not be represented when England play Argentina in Geneva on Saturday.
Chris Kirkland, a Midland player only by way of a loan deal between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, is absent due to injury.
Hence James' re-emergence in an England shirt although he is likely to be on the bench rather than between the goalposts.
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And . . . well that's it. The Midlands contribution to Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad reflects the poor league positions of Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Albion. These clubs do not have sufficiently skilled players to represent the national side.
Despite what their manager might argue, Emile Heskey, the Birmingham striker, and Matthew Upson, the defender, appear to have been cast aside by Eriksson. Their World Cup hopes must be diminishing by the day.
Crouch, once of Villa but now a Liverpool player, retains his place in the squad, possibly at the expense of Heskey or even former Villa team-mate Darius Vassell.
James is, meanwhile, back in contention having benefited from the enforced absence of Kirkland to reclaim the place which he lost after the friendly against Denmark.
Eriksson, after unveiling his line-up yesterday, said: "Since David James has been dropped he has been very professional and is playing well. Kirkland is not there so I think we should pick him again because we might need him in the World Cup."
If the absence of a Midland player in the squad proves a source of frustration to Midland fans it is nothing to the hurt of Jonathan Woodgate.
The injury jinx returned to haunt him last night as the 25-year-old Real Madrid defender suffered a hamstring injury which rules him out of the friendly fixture.
Woodgate, whose career has been blighted by injuries, was poised to return to the squad for the first time since March 2004. He recently said: "I reckon the luck is with me now - touch wood."
He duly went off injured after only 23 minutes of Real's match against Real Zaragoza and looks set for yet another spell on the sidelines.
While Paul Konchesky, James and Michael Carrick earned callups to the 23-man squad, Woodgate has joined Jamie Carragher on the sidelines.
Woodgate has represented England only five times despite having made his international debut as far back as 1999 under Kevin Keegan.
He has since been troubled by repeated injury problems and was also suspended from international duty during his court case while still at Leeds. His injury problems ruled him for the whole of last season following his move to Real.
Carragher has also been ruled out through injury, joining not only Woodgate but also Ashley Cole, Gary Neville, Kirkland, Owen Hargreaves and Kieron Dyer on the absentee list.
There was brighter news for Wayne Bridge, who returned to the squad after a nine-month absence, while West Ham full- back Konchesky, who won only one cap in February 2003 in the experimental friendly against Australia, was also summoned.
Then again, Eriksson is facing something of a dilemma over the left-back position against Argentina, with Cole and Carragher missing and Kieran Richardson in the under-21 side along with Darren Bent. Bridge is still seen by Eriksson as his main back-up to Cole but the Chelsea defender has made only one first team appearance - and that for a mere 60 minutes in the Carling Cup - since his return from an eight- month injury absence.
Eriksson said: "Wayne Bridge played in the Carling Cup for Chelsea so I want to see him. It is important for him to come back into international football because he is the second best left-back in the country behind Ashley Cole."
It remains to be seen whether Bridge, who last played for England against Spain in Madrid last November before pulling out of the squad to face Holland in February, can be expected to cope with a starting role against Argentina.
After all, he was not even on the substitutes' bench for yesterday's match at Old Trafford and is patently short of match sharpness at the highest level.
Phil Neville, who is playing in midfield for Everton, is the other option while Eriksson's other selection dilemma revolves around his centre-back pairing, with Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell again contesting the right to partner John Terry.
Carrick also earned a recall, having missed out on the previous squad through injury, but Danny Murphy and Wes Brown all missed out again.